‘The Conners’ Cast Says Roseanne Barr’s "Spirit Still Very Much With Us"

Roseanne reboot The Conners just aired, revealing how its writers dealt with the central character's absence

Roseanne character's death revealed in The Conners premiere

In the series opener of The Connors, it was revealed that Rosanne had died from an accidental opioid overdose.

The same-day average last season for "Roseanne" - meaning people who watched it when it first aired on television - was a 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 13.48 million viewers.

According to the AV Club, the show works surprisingly well without Barr's character, and it's been garnering fairly strong reviews overall.

The comedian, who was sacked from ABC's "Roseanne" revival following a racist Twitter rant, returned to the social media platform Tuesday night after the premiere of "The Conners", the spin-off ABC ordered after canceling her namesake sitcom.

Executive producer Bruce Rasmussen said the makers of The Conners had thought carefully about how to write out Roseanne's character.

Shortly after the premiere, Roseanne took to Twitter (yes, she's still tweeting away) stating: "I AIN'T DEAD BITCHES".

Despite the scandal and her disdain for how the show is proceeding without her, the actress's on-screen children were full of praise for her during an appearance on Good Morning America on Wednesday.

"We really miss Roseanne and love her very much, you know and her spirit is still very much with us, so we understand that she's hurting right now and she's in pain and she's always with us", said Goranson. The Conners could have just made her death a one-off joke; instead her absence serves as the backbone of the show - or the first season, at the very least - and informs each character moving forward.

"What we really have tried to do as a group is collectively lean on each other and come together because we felt the legacy of this show deserved to be continued and there were a lot more stories to tell", he added.

During an event Tuesday night, The Conners cast spoke about moving on without Barr, and how carrying on without her character mirrored some of their feelings about moving on without Barr herself.

Fishman plays DJ on the show.

Werner says he considers Barr family and has been in touch since she was sacked.

Sitting alongside Werner, Gilbert, Fishman, Lecy Goranson and newest cast member Maya Lynne Robinson, Goodman admitted, "I'm still angry", but noted that he wants to embrace change and feels grateful for another chance at the franchise - although he did joke, "I never hope to use the word reboot again!" "I am disappointed in her actions to say the least".

But this show is essentially still Roseanne, despite the title change and jettisoning of its namesake, and it can largely thank the 10 previous seasons of the original for being able to pull off this unlikely feat.

Immediately following Tuesday's broadcast, Barr responded to her character's death on Twitter.

"We regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character", the statement reads.

Joined by her rabi, Barr issued a strongly worded statement about how her character died.

The actress later apologised and said she had written the tweet while under the influence of the sleep-inducing medicine Ambien.

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